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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

Published: 18 Jul 2019

Performance data on the current Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards - priorities set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to provide assurance on NHS Scotland performance. 

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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards
18 weeks referral to treatment

LDP Standard

90% of planned / elective patients to commence treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

Current national performance

In June 2019, 79.2% of patients were reported as commencing treatment within 18 weeks.

About this LDP standard

Shorter waits can lead to earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for many patients as well as reducing unnecessary worry and uncertainty for patients and their relatives. It also reduces inequalities by addressing variations in waiting times between NHS Boards or individual hospitals. Shorter waiting times will have a positive impact on the health of the patient, but in the long-term may result in some positive impact on all businesses, as key workers who are absent from the work due to illness may be treated earlier and will therefore be able to return to the workplace earlier.

Performance against this standard

The standard for delivery is for 90% of patients to wait no longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment.

In June 2019, 79.2% of patient journeys for which an 18 weeks Referral to Treatment waiting time could be measured were reported as being seen within the stated time.

To be able to calculate a patient’s waiting time it is necessary for NHS Boards to link all stages of the patient’s journey from the initial referral to the start of treatment. In June 2019, the waiting time could be measured for 90.0% of patient journeys. NHS Boards are in the process of fully implementing upgrades to their systems to improve data collection.

The graph below shows the percentage of patient journeys completed within 18 weeks since June 2017.

NHS Board level performance is shown for the most recent time period in the table below.

The table below shows the percentage of patients journeys completed within 18 weeks, by NHS Board, for June 2019.

NHS Board

June 2019

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN*

78.7%

NHS BORDERS

90.1%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

88.6%

NHS FIFE

83.4%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

79.5%

NHS GRAMPIAN

70.7%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

78.1%

NHS HIGHLAND

79.4%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

87.8%

NHS LOTHIAN

73.1%

NHS ORKNEY

94.8%

NHS SHETLAND

89.3%

NHS TAYSIDE

75.5%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

93.9%

NHS NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE

92.3%

NHSSCOTLAND

79.2%

Source: ISD 18 weeks RTT data submission

* NHS Ayrshire & Arran data for July 2017 to June 2019 contain estimates for this measure. These estimates are deemed statistically robust by ISD.

Further information

18 weeks: The Referral to Treatment Standard (The official project initiation document)

18 Weeks RTT

Waiting Times Improvement Plan

Related National Outcomes